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Late Long Island World War II Veteran’s Dog Tags Returned

Francis McGuigan's dog tags - Bohemia, NY - Nov 30, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Francis McGuigan’s dog tags – Bohemia, NY – Nov 30, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

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BOHEMIA, NY (WCBS 880) - What once was lost has now been found on Long Island.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

On October 27, someone broke into Concept Components in Bohemia and stole World War II memorabilia that belonged to James McGuigan’s late grandfather Francis.

“I think somebody just did something stupid. They sent them back. That’s all I wanted. I’m happy that they’re back. Maybe they’ll think twice before they do something again like that,” James told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

Returned were Francis’ dog tags and a photo of him and his wife – left in a box at a side door.

The Purple Heart and other decorations, however, were not returned.

“The only thing I really wanted back were the dog tags and they were there. So, that was all I really wanted and I was very happy for that,” said James.

On Monday, Rep. Steve Israel presented the family with replacements for the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

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